Martha's Vineyard

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About Martha's Vineyard

A picturesque island escape, Martha’s Vineyard is known for its lack of chain restaurants (it has zero), its grand swathes of sand, its green almost pastoral interior and, of course, for being the setting for Jaws. Our Gurus have quite a lot to choose from when refining their recommendations for the best places to stay on Martha’s Vineyard. There are several cosy New England Inns, charming converted colonial mansions and some really beautiful farmhouse hotels; all primed for that perfect back to nature escape.

You’ll find some of our recommendations for the best hotels on Martha’s Vineyard in gentrified Edgartown, which has some seriously impressive celebrity second homes, some incredible restaurants and a gorgeous bay. But there are also properties dotted across the island, from old-fashioned beach resort, Oak Bluffs, to pretty Tisbury which is also where you’ll find the ferry port to Cape Cod, which is about seven miles away.

There’s plenty to see and do here, but don’t think seeing just one or two lighthouses will tick that particular box, see all five if you can. Long Point Wildlife Refuge is wonderful for a walk, but the whole coastline really deserves exploring. There are also some well-considered vineyards, good fishing and great food.

During the warm summer months, the area is particularly popular so to be sure to bag one of the best places to stay in Martha's Vineyard, we recommend booking well in advance.

The Best Places to Stay on Martha’s Vineyard

For Couples

  • The stunning Nobnocket Boutique Inn offers the perfect couples' island getaway. Set in a secluded spot amid two acres of mature gardens and woods, here you'll find a gorgeous designer property where no luxury has been forgotten and no under 16s are allowed. For something really special book the Luxury Grand room for a deep stand-alone soaking tub, vast walk-in shower and gas fireplace.
  • The Crocker House Inn is a picturesque B&B overlooking the Vineyard Haven Harbor. There are ten charming rooms, all with balconies and spectacular views of the bay and the inn’s gardens.
  • Kelley House in Edgartown, was built for a captain in 1742 - which is ancient by American standards. It’s now a boutique hotel with light, modern rooms, a British/American fusion restaurant and an impressive bar. A super spot for exploring the island.
  • The Charlotte Inn is another Edgartown classic, a 19th-century colonial style house turned 19 room boutique hotel. The rooms are large and elegant, complete with four-posters and fireplaces. There’s an excellent restaurant too.
  • Lambert's Cove Inn, Farm & Restaurant is a large farmhouse surrounded by manicured lawns, with a heated pool, a tennis court and a spa. Perfect for a relaxed country house style break.

For Value

  • Mansion House is a clapboard charmer you can stay in for under $120 per night (low season). There are 48 cosy, elegant rooms with huge windows and hardwood floors, and a beautiful terrace with incredible views of the bay.
  • If you want a view of the harbour stay at Edgartown’s Harbor View Hotel, a vast converted beach house built in 1891. With over a hundred rooms now, the hotel has all the mod. cons. you’d expect including a great grill restaurant, a poolside restaurant and a cocktail and tapas bar.

For an apartment

  • If you'd prefer the flexibility of a self-catering property then browse through the options available with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • If you're coming from various destinations inside the US - Washington, New York, Boston and Providence - you can fly into Martha's Vineyard Airport.
  • Alternatively, you can take a ferry from nearby Falmouth or Hyannis across to the island.
  • Weather-wise, the best time to visit is in the summer months; the average temperature rises to 23°C in July.
  • However, this is peak tourist season, so for a quieter and cheaper alternative consider coming in spring or autumn.
  • If you'd like the freedom of having a car with you then see what's available with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Martha's Vineyard

  • Nobnocket Boutique Inn Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard 7 rooms from £133

    Exclusive offer  -  Martha's Vineyard Golf Package
    Value chic  -  As well as luxury accommodation you can expect complimentary bikes, beach towels and much more included in the price
    Romantic Break  -  For a romantic break book the Grand room, complete with fireplace, freestanding tub and plush linens
    Great walks  -  Martha's Vineyard is crammed with great walking and hiking trails for all abilities
    Birdwatching  -  The woods are filled with a variety of birds, make sure to pack your binoculars
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A chic owner managed B&B in Martha's Vineyard with seven elegantly styled rooms, all offering en suites, parquet floors and light natural tones. The breakfast is utterly delicious and can be served in bed or in the sunny dinning room. With extensive gardens and the village and beach nearby. See More

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  • Dockside Inn Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard 21 rooms from £95

    Beach Life  -  Famous Oak Bluffs Town Beach is just 200m away. Beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, toys and towels are all offered complimentary
    Families  -  Unlike many boutique B&Bs in the area, children are welcome and there are games and toys available for them to use
    Local exploring  -  This well-located B&B is close to everything that matters; ferry port, beaches, restaurants, shops and activities
    Sights nearby  -  Take a guided historical tour of the island, including a visit to of all six towns and a stop at cliffs of Aquinnah

    21-room B&B with fantastic dockside location in Martha's Vineyard. Rooms and suites have been recently renovated and feel cosy yet modern. All open out onto a shared terrace, and there is large sundeck, hot tub and sauna to return to after a day exploring. Generous complimentary snacks are offered. See More

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  • Harbor View Hotel Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard 114 rooms from £101

    Sights nearby  -  Five lighthouses in Martha’s Vineyard are the most diverse in a small, contained area in the country.
    Birdwatching  -  Over 300 species of birds are known to commonly inhabit and frequent Martha’s Vineyard.
    Full of character
    Back to Nature

    This 1891 coastal hotel has over 100,000 cedar trees, an outdoor pool and views of Edgartown Harbour. Light comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms and vineyard views. The Lighthouse Grill focuses on fish and steak, whereas the North 41 is poolside. Head to Henry's Hotel Bar for cocktails and tapas. See More

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  • Lambert's Cove Inn, Farm & Restaurant Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard 15 rooms from £140

    Sights nearby  -  Lambert's Cove Beach nearby is private and requires a free pass from reception.
    Great walks  -  The gardens are yours to explore.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    Large farmhouse resting in manicured lawns with heated pool, all weather tennis court and spa. Rooms are different but collectively comfortable, similar to that of an English country house. Restaurant menu incorporates fresh local ingredients. Relax or explore the local area, a stunning spot! See More

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  • Kelley House Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard 54 rooms from £117

    Sights nearby  -  Head down to the beach and spend a day by the sea whilst catching a glimpse of Edgartown Lighthouse.
    Hideaway  -  A quiet spot.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

    Classic 1742 New England captains home turned boutique with garden, pool and ocean views. Light, modern rooms with coffee machines and noteworthy fluffy bathrobes. The Newes is a mix of American and British cuisine with a full bar. Perfect location of sea based activities or a romantic break away. See More

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  • Summercamp Hotel Oak Bluffs, MA, Martha's Vineyard 95 rooms from £130

    Families  -  With plenty of activities in the hotel and the area this is an ideal spot for the whole family
    Local exploring  -  A funky and vibrant base from which to explore this charming town and the coastline beyond
    Fishing  -  Book in with the Skipper down at the harbour for an afternoon's fishing in the protected waters of Vineyard Sound
    Sights nearby  -  The Historic Oak Bluffs Gingerbread Cottages are found just outside the hotel, well worth taking a tour
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    An old Methodist summer camp, turned funky upscale boutique hotel in Oak Bluffs. The interiors have been carefully selected to invoke feelings of nostalgia for camp days of your childhood, while maintaining a level of elegance and style that places you right back in the present day. Characterful. See More

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  • The Sydney Martha's Vineyard 22 rooms from £165

    Local exploring  -  A great location to engage with all that Martha's Vineyard has to offer; cultural, sporting, culinary and outdoor pursuits
    Sights nearby  -  Stroll through the historic neighborhood of captain's homes to Edgartown Lighthouse. Climb to the top for magnificent views
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

    Historic B&B located in the heart of Edgerton, Martha's Vineyard. 8 rooms are situated in the Victorian-era 1892 Captain's House, with 14 in a new adjacent block. There is a buzzy restaurant loved by locals, a garden with iconic Adirondack chairs and walking access to everything you will want to do. See More

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  • The Edgartown Inn Martha's Vineyard 12 rooms from £187

    Local exploring  -  As well as endless activities on the island, the location is walking distance from Edgartown's shops, galleries and restaurants
    Beach Life  -  Lighthouse Beach is a 10 minute walk. Joseph Sylvia State Beach is great for swimming whereas South Beach has big waves
    Sights nearby  -  First-timer's to Martha's Vineyard will love the island sightseeing tour which stops at Aquinnah Cliffs and Gay Head Lighthouse
    Great walks  -  The property is just a block away from the water overlooking Chappaquiddick Point

    Cool, contemporary boutique luxe meets New England charm. A former whaling captain's home, this white clapboard faced inn feels fresh and cosy at the same time. Rooms boast sophisticated muted grey palettes, whitewashed woods & warming woollen throws. Grown-up romance for a weekend away by the sea. See More

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  • The Richard Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard 16 rooms from £194

    Local exploring  -  The Main Street locations means Edgartown's galleries, shops & restaurants are on the doorstep, while the beach is a short walk
    Sights nearby  -  A tour of the island will take you to gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs, Edgartown Lighthouse & the Jaws filming locations
    Great walks  -  Spend the day exploring the Polly Hill Arboretum. Take a picnic basket, tours the grounds and take in the botanical wonders
    Sailing  -  The property can organise a boat charter; for an unforgetable evening book in for the 4th July fireworks
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Classic clap-board boutique hotel with surprisingly trendy interiors. Rooms have individual decor ranging from mismatched metallic & monochome glam to airy New England white-wash. There's colourful outfoor furniture, garden & fire-pit. Contemporary cute, perfect for weekends away with a good friend. See More

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  • Hob Knob Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard 17 rooms from £195

    Fishing  -  Aboard the in-house The Hob Knob 27' Boston Whaler organise a fishing trip with the captain.
    Full of character
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    19th Century home turned boutique hotel with manicured garden, sit out porch and classic interiors. Rooms house big beds, bright bathrooms and delicious breakfast in the dining room. In-house spa, gym and sauna are for all to relax in wine country. Check out the The Hob Knob 27' Boston Whaler boat. See More

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  • The Christopher MA, Martha's Vineyard 15 rooms from £213

    Beach Life  -  A beautifully laid out beach-chic B&B offering J Crew beach bags, towels and chairs on loan, as well as hot local tips
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel provides an ipad filled with info on local attractions such as local restaurants, spas, bars and bike trails
    Great walks  -  There are plenty of hiking and walking trails on the island, ask at the front desk for details
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A charming Victorian era mansion turned upscale B&B by the famed Lark group. The vibrant and thoughtfully curated interiors are a welcome breath of fresh air in Edgartown. Serving a hearty breakfast, as well as evening snacks in the courtyard, guests are made to feel welcome and looked after. See More

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  • Winnetu Oceanside Resort Martha's Vineyard 53 rooms from £233

    Families  -  The complimentary Children’s Day program keep kids busy with a range of activites. There is also a kid's pool, games & play area
    Beach Life  -  Named one of the best beaches in the world, South Beach is just 200m from the hotel
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel's complimentary shuttle takes you to and from Edgartown with its famous lighthouse, shops and restaurants
    Great walks  -  The team can arrange a picnic lunch for you to take out on a beach walk, or simply enjoy on the front lawn

    Family-friendly beachside resort in Katama, Martha's Vineyard. This generous property has a fantastic friendly team, heaps of complimentary activities and amenities for all ages and boasts a spa, 2 pools, lawn and outdoor dining with sea-views. There are 54 rooms, studios, suites and private villas. See More

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  • Menemsha Inn Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard 15 rooms from £253

    Total relaxation  -  This is a great choice for guests who don't want to an awful lot more than enjoy the views, natural environment, swim and read
    Back to Nature  -  There is a feeling of wild untouched nature on this side of the island with views of weathered buildings, woodlands and dunes
    Beach Life  -  Martha's Vineyard west side has wild sandy beaches for miles. Spend the day on the sand and then enjoy a stellar sunset
    Sights nearby  -  Menemsha is famous as the backdrop for the movie Jaws. Walk around, explore the shops and try delicious fresh seafood

    Owner-run inn situated in a charming 1923 cedar-shingle building in a quaint part of Martha's Vineyard. 15 rooms are split between the main building, cottages and vacation homes; the latter two are self-catering. There are plenty of walkable dining options and the property offers snacks and drinks. See More

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  • The Charlotte Inn Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard 19 rooms from £254

    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Back to Nature
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller

    British style 1864 house turned romantic boutique, with manicured gardens and antiques. The perfect place to unplug and unwind. Large, classical rooms with four poster beds, fireplaces and fine linens. Delicious American cuisine with French and Italian influences. The perfect romantic break. See More

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  • Crocker House Inn Martha's Vineyard 10 rooms from £315

    Great walks  -  Mytoi in Chappaquiddick, an enchanting 14-acre Japanese garden with walkways, drooping Cherry trees and wooden bridges.
    Sailing  -  Enjoy state-of-the-art sailing aboard the 60ft. catamaran, with Mad Max Sailing Adventures.
    Birdwatching  -  Cape Poge Lighthouse, a migratory stop for over a hundred species of birds.
    Full of character

    A picturesque B&B overlooking the Vineyard Haven Harbor, on Martha’s Vineyard. Charming rooms sport comfy beds, neutral tones and balconies with spectacular views of the bay and gardens. Sit out on the wrap around porch and enjoy the views! A quaint and homely hideaway. See More

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